Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Mom and I stopped by Dole to take a look at the garden of historic pineapple varieties and the koi pond. Dole has a whole series of nicely laid out and well maintained cement walkways through the gardens that are wheelchair accessible. Sadly, the koi pond, which is a real favorite, was closed (perhaps for maintenance...). Dole also has a the most wonderful pineapple ice cream (ice milk) that is totally refreshing during those hot Hawaiian days.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) or 'Ewa 'ewa (cacophony) in Hawaiian. Referred to as manutara (tern or common tern) elsewhere in Polynesia. A fair number of these terns were flying above the Makapu'u cliffs on a particularly windy day.
Red-tailed Tropicbird, Phaethon rubricauda, or Koa'e 'ula in Hawaiian. Several of these birds were spotted flying high above the Makapu'u cliffs on Oahu on a particularly windy day (onshore wind). These birds normally feed far out at sea where they dive for squid and flying fish. They nest in low scrub, often on isolated atolls. They are distributed across the Pacific, ranging from Hawaii to as far south as Queensland, Australia and Easter island.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sand Verbena, Abronia villosa aurita, Torrey Pines Reserve State Park. I have seen this beautiful species out in the Anza Borrego desert in the Spring. Imagine my surprise when I found it blooming along the seashore at Torrey Pines Reserve! Apparently, this species grows in both environments with variety aurita being found along the Southern California coast in sandy coastal scrub.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata. These ducks are native to China, Japan and Russia; however, escaped domestic ducks have since populated parts of Europe and North American. These ducks favor woodland areas with ponds and marshes. Deforestation has resulted in reduced populations in their native habitat.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Bottle by Duncan Ayscough of the UK. The patterns are created using terra sigilatta, a liquid clay suspension typically mixed with other compounds to create color and varying effects and, likely, resists followed by surface carbonisation (such as through raku firing) impact the color of the final piece. The piece was also waxed (typically beeswax) for extra sheen and gold leaf was added to the interior. This piece is at the AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Arts) musuem in Pomona.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) on white hat. For some odd reason, these butterflies are attracted to white. In this picture, you can see two blue morphos on the same hat. If I recall, there was a third, for a brief moment, as well. In nature, the caterpillars of the Blue Morpho butterfly feed on plants in the pea family. Once mature, the butterflies live on the juice/fluid from rotting fruit, decomposing animals, tree sap, fungi and wet mud. Not the most apetizing menu. It's not at all clear what food or other stimulus the butterflies were mistaking this baseball cap for.
Morphos spend most of their time near the forest floor, which is understandable, given their diet. They range from Mexico through Columbia and are sometimes found in large swarms that are visible at great distances.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Winter Vetch, Vicia villosa, blooming in the meadow at the Santa Rosa Plateau. There were thousands of them spread out throughout the meadow, dancing like little purple butterflies in the wind. Most Vetch species are from the Mediterranean reagion although there are some 15 species native to the U.S.
Monday, April 08, 2013
A beautiful blushed bougainvillea in bloom at Tropic World Nursery. Unfortunately, I didn't find a name tag; but it is stunning nonetheless. Bougainvillea are native to South America with a few (perhaps 4) species, having contributed the lion's share of the genetics for the modern hybrids.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Lupinus albifrons, Silver Bush Lupine, blooming at the peak of monument hill on the Santa Rosa Plateau. They were aflutter with Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies, Papilio rutlus. These are sizeable bushes as opposed to the other local lupine species. The Silver bush lupine grows from 3 to 5 feet in length and, when in bloom, puts on quite a show.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus oreganus helleri, hanging out by the entry kiosk at the Santa Rosa Plateau. In fact, at least one person almost ran into it. It pays to pay attention to what you're walking on when you hike. This one is a youngster, perhaps about a year old, with only three rattles. They get one rattle per molt and molt about 2-3 times a year. — at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.
Wild Buttercup, Ranunculus occidentalis, Santa Rosa Plateau, California. Quite different from the line bred hybrids that grace the flower fields of Carlsbad, California. These bright little flowers are born up high on delicate stems and cover whole fields as they gently sway in the breeze.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Den. Delicatum 'Lise' CCM/AOS 85pts
Den. Little Saigon 'Irvine #6' AM/AOS 81pts
Den. Little Saigon 'Irvine #6' AM/AOS 81pts
Den. Moondaara 'Irvine' AM/AOS 81pts
Epidendrum Pacific Whimsey 'Bright Eyes' AM/AOS 80pts
Lc. Hot Sauce 'Hot Ruben' HCC/AOS 75pts
Lycaste Nagai International 'Spring Bouguet' AM/AOS 82pts
Paph. Macabre Contrast (Bronze CSA?)
Paphiopedilum Ross Otto 'Round as Can Be' FCC/AOS 91pts
Phalaenopsis San Jacinto King 'Ryan' AM/AOS 80pts
(Potinara Little Toshi x Potinara Mem. Jim Nickou) 'Dean's Gold ' AM/AOS 81pts